Villisca Ax Murder House

In the summer of 2012, on the hundredth anniversary of one of the most heinous unsolved crimes in American history, we happened upon the sleepy little town of Villisca, Iowa, on our way to Riverside, Iowa to visit the future birthplace of James T. Kirk.

dscn1629The investigation of one of the “Most Haunted” places in America was an interested excursion into the world of the paranormal.  Some highlights included, the yellow ball my oldest daughter brought to play with the spirits of the dead children in the upstairs bedroom, the dark foreboding feeling that emanated from the attic doorway between the parent’s bedroom and the children’s room upstairs, and the oppressive feeling in the guest bedroom where the two young neighbor girls were brutally murdered 100 years before.

The yellow ball my daughter brought, was placed on the old hardwood floor, and she pushed it out gently to see if anything might want to play with it.  On the video recording it can be seen rolling in a semi-circle around my feet toward the feet of my younger daughter who was severely freaked out by the dark presence in the nearby attic we had to pass to get into the children’s room.  Not liking the direction the ball took, my younger daughter moved the ball away from her with a light tap of her foot, and it rolled back in a similar semi-circular path to my oldest daughter.  There was no apparent warping of the floor, and subsequent rolls resulted in straight destinations.

The dark presence in the attic seemed to still be holding the spirits of the deceased family of five and the two neighbor girls hostage within the small Iowa house.  Even I, a seasoned veteran of many paranormal encounters and combatant of spectral entities, felt no need or desire to enter the attic.  Granted, had I been better equipped I would have had fewer trepidation’s about entering the abode of that evil entity.  What lingered inside that space was full of malice and hate for humanity.  It was never human, even when it claimed the lives of the family that lived there.

The downstairs guest bedroom was scene to some of the best evidence we collected from our visit.  With just my oldest daughter and I doing our investigation at that point in the room, she had laid on the bed and was snapping photos, while I held the digital voice recorder and chatted to the spirits in the house.  What followed was a number of orbs, and a very curious photo of the covered mirror in the room.  On the night of the murders, the perpetrator covered all of the mirrors in the house with blankets.  The owners of the house have replicated that by placing blankets up on the mirrors.  In one series of photos, my daughter caught the spectral image of one of the dead neighbor girls faces reflecting in the mirror.  Now what’s particularly cool about the photo is that if you look closely at it you can see that the image of the face is back in the photo behind the edge of the dresser, seen behind the stuffed animal on the dresser top.  It was not smudges upon the mirror, because many other photos of the mirror did not have this image in it.  Was it the spirit of 12 year-old Lena Stillinger watching my daughter and I?

All in all, it was a fun adventure into the world of the paranormal, and I would recommend anyone traveling through southern Iowa to pay a visit to the quaint little town.  The only thing is, don’t plan on visiting any haunted places on a Sunday or Monday, because all of them are closed.  I think it’s because the Spirit Union has brokered those two days as mandatory days off…

See Blog report here.

Ground Zero Radio Show

As many of my Twitter and Facebook fans already know, I will be appearing Tuesday, October 29, 2013, on Ground Zero Radio, a nationwide radio program, hosted by Clyde Lewis, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST).

The format is going to be, Clyde and I talking about my book, the series, and the paranormal for the first hour, and then it will be opened up to callers from around the world.

If you are just hanging out on Tuesday evening, tune in and listen to me talk about the Brotherhood of Olympus Saga, the Deadliest Game, Ouija boards, the paranormal, and whatever else the callers ask.

 

Reuss Pedigree Chart

 

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The Reuss Family Tree.  Jacob Reuss was the descendant of Heinrich Reuss von Plauen, the last Hochmeister of the Brotherhood of Olympus and the Teutonic Knights, who died in 1470 AD.

 

House of Fraser Family Tree

Pedigree Fraser x2

 

 

 

 

All of the Fraser aunts, uncles, and cousins were not added to this chart, I thought it might be too busy or crowded.

Book Review from a ninth grade girl…

Just got this posted to my author Facebook page…  thought I would share.   She’s a great kid, who said she wasn’t much of a reader before she got the book.

facebook review

Celebrity Sighting @ CenturyLink Field

Northwest author, Guy T. Simpson, Jr. was spotted in the crowd at Centurylink Field this evening, during the Sounders FC 1-0 win over Chivas USA.  A Facebook post from sounders game appearanceArizona was the first to capture the occurrence…  Good job being vigilant and recognizing the author…

New Loggers Playday Update

Here’s another link to the story of my author appearance this Saturday, September 7th…

Hoquiam High School

 

 

More Press Coverage for Loggers Playday

The radio station KBKW, in Aberdeen, posted the press release to their website, you can check it out here:

KBKW

Thank you to the fine people at KBKW.

Getting Some Press Coverage…

The Aberdeen Radio Station KXRO put this up on their website today, and posted a link to their Facebook page…

Go like both and see if we can swamp their site…  In a VERY POSITIVE way, of course, to say thank you for their support.

KXRO Website

KXRO Facebook 

2013 Hoquiam Loggers Playday Press Release

Guy T. Simpson, Jr.

Guy T. Simpson, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Guy Simpson

EMAIL: guy@guysimpson.net

 http://guysimpson.net

 

LOCAL AUTHOR TO ATTEND LOGGERS PLAYDAY STREET FAIR

HOQUIAM, WASHINGTON, August 24—A fourth generation Grays Harbor native and an award winning artist/illustrator, Guy T. Simpson, Jr. will be presenting his young adult fantasy/horror novel “The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game” with an author appearance and book signing at the Annual Hoquiam Loggers Playday Street Fair on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 10:00 to 4:00 PM.

A drawing will be conducted during the event for a free autographed copy of “The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Tower of Dreams,” the second book in the Brotherhood of Olympus Saga.  Simpson, also a middle school science and leadership teacher, and member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, has been working on the Brotherhood of Olympus Saga for over thirty years while collecting extensive research for the myth, legend, and art that lies as the foundation of the tale.

The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game

The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game

Pat Gibbons, a Hoquiam Alumni, stated, “If you grew up in Gray’s Harbor, this book is a must-read, it’s an extremely fun ride on multiple levels. It has a lot of heart and you can feel the author’s emotional investment in this deeply personal tribute to home and family. The story is well-crafted and complex and the illustrations (by the author) are beautiful compliments to the story. If you did happen to grow up in this part of the world as I did, it is also a very special and nostalgic visit home. The book is filled with meaningful references, geographical accuracy and a true sense of familiarity. It’s a special treat, as people near Bangor, Maine must feel about Stephen King.”

Karen Hart, author of “Hologram” said, “Simpson’s vivid art and intricate storytelling may leave you with a frightening new answer as to why the good die young — or to getting rid of that board game, the one your grandmother warned you about.”

The novel is based on true events and set in the late 1970s in Aberdeen, Washington, “The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game” tells the story of Drake Frasier, a painfully shy, intellectually gifted thirteen year old boy growing up with his four brothers.  On a cold, gray Friday the thirteenth, his favorite uncle is killed in a horrible car crash involving a logging truck.  Drake and his brother’s lives take a sudden twist after the accident when they begin to encounter haunting spirits that bring terror and doom upon them.  He soon finds that he has unique gifts and abilities that allow him to fight the apparitions, and that there may be a greater sinister plot afoot.  But as Drake develops his skills to combat the ghastly specters, his oldest brother continues to use a Spirit board game that invites the evil into their lives.  Drake must bring his brothers back together to fight the nefarious forces to save his family, and quite possibly the world.

Simpson is available for interviews and appearances.  For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book signings contact guy@guysimpson.net